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Cesky Krumlov

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An exquisite medieval jewel. Cesky Krumlov is a town full of charm with a fairytale atmosphere.

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Cesky Krumlov Sights

Cesky Krumlov is the second-most visited town in the Czech Republic and for good reason. Step back in time with a visit to this living historical village surrounded by unspoiled countryside. Cesky Krumlov joined the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. A 2.5-hour drive south of Prague, Cesky Krumlov is a prime example of a medieval Bohemian village. The town centers around the castle, which has more than 300 rooms and is the second largest castle in the Czech Republic. The center of Cesky Krumlov, with the Vltava river running through it, is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways. There are cozy hotels and pensions, and delightful shops and restaurants. No matter where you are, all of Cesky Krumlov's highlights are no more than a five-minute walk away.

Cesky Krumlov Tourism

Cesky Krumlov is a city with plenty of nature nearby. Set amongst hilly green countryside, it's an ideal place for outdoor activities. You could enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing. Weather permitting, you shouldn't miss a canoe or rafting trip on the Vltava. Cesky Krumlov is also a city of culture and art. It has seven museums and four galleries as well as festivals taking place year round. The city also has its own brewery. The local brew is served around town in ancient taverns and restaurants where you can enjoy hearty Czech dishes in a classic setting. In recent years Cesky Krumlov's popularity as a day trip destination has begun to overwhelm the small town. For this reason we advise against day-tripping here. Instead you should spend at least a night. You'll get to enjoy the town after the crowds depart and again before they arrive the next day.

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Where to stay in Cesky Krumlov

Take your pick of cozy B&Bs and hotels in Cesky Krumlov. Stay right in the heart of this beautiful medieval town, just a stone's throw from the main square or if you prefer to be a little away from the center of the action, we also have options towards the edge of old town, just a few minutes walk from the center. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

We often suggest a one or two night stay in Cesky Krumlov and best to take advantage of our local guide to show you around. We offer 2-3 hour private walking tours and don't let Cesky Krumlov's compact size fool you as there is a lot to see especially within the town's famous castle. Cesky Krumlov is well known for its outdoor activities and there is an abundant local offer for these type of activities so it is not hard to find. We suggest spending some time on the Vltava river that runs through the city center (the same river that runs through Prague), this can be done by renting a canoe or raft, for either a couple of hours just to go around the stretch of river that encircles the town, with a little bit of white-water as you go through a weir, or for a little longer if you want to see a bit more of the countryside. For the less adventurous there is the possibility of a more sedate method of taking to the water, on a wooden raft that's Cesky Krumlov's version of a cross between a Venetian gondola ride and a traghetto. There are also numerous biking and hiking opportunities in the countryside surroundings, around the large lake at Lipno and the Sumava national park. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.

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What I love about Cesky Krumlov...

“With its clifftop castle rising above the quaint old town located on a river bend, Cesky Krumlov is the vision of Europe that Disney otherwise lied to us about.”

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Cesky Krumlov

Spend some time in Cesky Krumlov on a tour that takes in other cities in Czech Republic and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Cesky Krumlov and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

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10 Days Exploring the Czech Republic

Most travelers don't get beyond Prague but there's more to the Czech Republic than the capital. This 10 day tour itinerary will show you what many are missing. Of course there's Cesky Krumlov, medieval Bohemian gem, but you'll also visit rising star Brno, reliving its late-Habsburg era heyday on the back of a tech boom. Last stop is Karlovy Vary, an ornate spa town founded by Charles IV, the 'Greatest Czech' that ever lived. read full itinerary

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Two Week Central Europe Grand Tour

With 2 weeks at your disposal and spending a little less time in each city you can explore a large area of Central Europe. Start in the ubercool German capital, Berlin then head south to enchanting Prague. After a few days it's time to head south again, to fairy-tale medieval Cesky Krumlov. From here it's on to the grand old Imperial capital, Vienna. After that you reach Budapest to see for yourself why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted it best city in Europe in 2015. The trip ends in the historic Polish capital, Krakow. read full itinerary

Cesky Krumlov Photos

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Cesky Krumlov Castle
One of the castle bears, Cesky Krumlov
The Vltava river meandering through Cesky Krumlov
View from the Tower 2, Cesky Krumlov
View from the Tower, Cesky Krumlov
Castle from the Tower, Cesky Krumlov
Graphite mine, Cesky Krumlov
Eggenberg Brewery brewhouse, Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle by night
The Castle Gardens, Cesky Krumlov
Inner Town 1, Cesky Krumlov
Castle Tower, Cesky Krumlov
The Cloak Bridge 2, Cesky Krumlov
The Cloak Bridge, Cesky Krumlov
Castle Tower in the background, Cesky Krumlov
Inner Town 2, Cesky Krumlov
The Vltava River, Cesky Krumlov

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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Cesky Krumlov

Should I just take a day trip to Cesky Krumlov?

During peak season (April through October) we highly discouraging stopping in Cesky Krumlov on a transfer or taking a day trip there from Prague, Vienna or Salzburg. You'll be joining thousands of other day-trippers who pack teh medieval town's narrow streets and make for a decidedly unpleasant experience. We can suggest other stops along alternate routes, particularly between Vienna and Prague, that will be both interesting and uncrowded. It is for this reason we usually suggest at least one night in Cesky Krumlov, so you can admire the city after the day trippers leave and before they arrive again in the morning.

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